Dr John Park

Research Interests

Supervision: Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez

I am a Marie Curie Individual Fellow based at the University of Oxford. I did my PhD in the Wootton Lab at the University of Chicago, where I studied how life history strategies evolve and diversify under phased-locked environmental oscillations such as seasons or tides. There, I developed scalable mathematical theory, analyzed variations across natural populations in the field (tidepool copepod, Tigriopus californicus), conducted long-term life history selection experiments in the lab, and explored in silico eco-evolutionary dynamics through agent-based modelling. Previously, I trained in life history theory and eco-evolutionary feedback dynamics under Profs. Stephen Stearns and David Post at Yale University for my BSc.

As a Marie Curie Fellow based in the SalGo Team, I now investigate phenological adaptation of plants at a global scale to reach a deeper understanding of how gradients of seasonality across the planet shape the variations of phenology, and its shifts in response to climate change. To do this, I am expanding on my theoretical developments and simultaneously making use of today's big data maturity (e.g. COMPADRE) to improve evolutionary understanding of phenology and forecasting power.